No fewer than 86 people have signified their interest to fill the vacant position of Alaafin Of Oyo land.
This was made known by the Head of Oyo Princes (Baba Iyaji of Oyo), Chief Mukaila Afonja, who submitted the names of 86 contestants for the vacant position to the Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yussuf Ayoola, who doubles as the regent of the town.
Basorun was said to have summoned an emergency meeting of all members of the Oyo Traditional Council ( Oyo Mesi) on the development upon the receipt of the names.
This was revealed in a statement received by our correspondent, from the Director of Media and Publicity to the Alaafin of Oyo, Bode Durojaiye.
The statement read, “In attendance at the meeting was the Chairperson, Atiba Local Government, Alhaja Kafilat.
“At the end of the meeting, it was resolved that all the contestants should, as a matter of utmost concern, attend a peace meeting on Saturday, 3rd of September, 2022, at the Agbala Ogun Hall, in the Palace.
“Thereafter, from next week Monday the 4th till Thursday, the 8th of September, 2022, 10 contestants will appear for an interview on a daily basis.
“There will be a break on Friday, as no interview will take place, to pave the way for the Jumat service.
“The interview will resume on Monday, the 12th and last till the 15th of September, 2022.”
The throne became vacant following the death of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who reigned for 52 years and died on April 22 at the age of 83.